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Crisfield Maryland

Updated on September 7, 2012

Crisfield Maryland Information

Crisfield Maryland is a popular Chesapeake Bay port.

The town is known for its seafood, festivals, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, hunting opportunities, state park, and abundance of wildlife.

Crisfield is a vital port for Smith and Tangier Islands which are located in nearby Tangier Sound.

boat docking contest
boat docking contest

Crisfield, Maryland Hard Crab Derby

The National Hard Crab Derby, which is held each year over Labor Day weekend, is one of the town's most popular events. The crab derby features food, carnival rides, live music, Miss Crustacean contest, crab cooking contest, crab meat picking contest, skiff races, crab races, commercial fishing boat docking contest, and more.

Somers Cove Marina

Somers Cove Marina offers boaters 515 slips within walking distance to some of the Chesapeake Bay's and Somerset County’s finest restaurants, antique and gift shops, and bed and breakfast accommodations. Daily tours and sightseeing are available for Smith Island, Tangier Island, Janes Island State Park and Crisfield Heritage Museum which includes tours of the Crisfield Seafood industry.


Crisfield, Maryland is famous for its outstanding saltwater fishing opportunities. Anglers fish for striped bass, red drum (redfish), black drum, gray trout, speckled trout, croaker, spot, bluefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, and other species.

steamed crabs
steamed crabs

J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Maryland

Held every year on the third Wednesday in July at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, this annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes - the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. This event is an outdoor all-you-can-eat affair featuring crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more.

chesapeake bay fly fishing
chesapeake bay fly fishing

Crisfield Fly Fishing

Josenhans Fly Fishing is a year-round fishing guide service that offers trips from Crisfield Maryland. Captain Kevin offers shallow water fly and light tackle angling on the pristine flats of Tangier Sound, fishing for striped bass, speckled trout, bluefish, redfish and more. Josenhans Fly Fishing has been featured on ESPN's Fly Fishing America and Outdoor Life Network's Fly Fishing the Tidewaters.

also offers shallow water fly and light tackle angling in the Susquehanna Flats and along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. For more information, visit Josenhans Fly Fishing.

steamed crabs
steamed crabs

Crisfield Waterman's Festival

The Crisfield Waterman's Festival serves steamed crabs, oysters, fried and on the half shell, fried fish, clam strips, grilled chicken and more. This October event is held on the Somers Cove Marina grounds.

Janes Island, just west of Crisfield Maryland.

Crisfield Municipal Park

In 2009 Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works approval of land acquisition and recreational projects in Somerset County through Program Open Space.

“Through Program Open Space, we are able to fund these important projects that provide opportunities for working families to get outdoors,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Having a central place to recreate together ultimately creates stronger, healthier communities.”

Somerset County will receive $196,000 to construct a gazebo, creative thinking playground and three new picnic pavilions for the Crisfield Municipal Park, the first community park in Crisfield.

City of Crisfield Skipjack

One of the last remaining Chesapeake Bay skipjacks is the "City of Crisfield". The vessel has won the Deal Island Skipjack Race several times.

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